The Story behind “WITHIN”
In May 2020 under lockdown, artists in Mumbai, Delhi, Goa & Tokyo collaborated through online meetings, rehearsal and co-created online contemporary dance show. The motive of “WITHIN” is the situation we were facing.
I produced & composed music and performed Tabla for this entire production while being stuck in Goa.
With Jazz, Electronic, Bass, Oriental, Triphop and Indian Classical based sounds, I put my multiple backgrounds of music all in.
No matter where we are and what we do, 2020 has been a struggle for everyone. Because of the lockdown, us dancers and musicians have lost all the spaces where we can co-create our arts. To us, all of this feels like “War”.
These are the tracks I composed for the online contemporary dance production “WITHIN” in May 2020.
Presenting “WITHIN” – A collaborative online dance production of artists from India and Japan – Mumbai, Delhi, Goa and Tokyo where movement, music, spoken word & visual arts come together.
This EP consists of 5 songs, which I remotely composed for the ”WITHIN” project in May 2020 in Goa during the lockdown.
The first chapter of the show starts with a song I named “CovidWar”, evolving and progressing all the way to the beautiful finale where the dancers perform an act of prayer for the future, straight from their own homes. And the final song called “WITHIN the Time and Place”. I hope you enjoy it.
- Track 1
The lead song is called “CovidWar”. Layered elements of electronic sounds depict a surreal world.
- Track 2
Returning back to your roots and memories with the comical jazzy song “Those Days”.
- Track 3
“Summer Reminiscing” invites you to the zenspace to balance your contradictory thoughts and states.
- Track 4
“Tensei Taal : Reincarnation” Japanese word Tensei (転生) means reincarnation, as Taal (rhythm pattern, Indian classical music term) is often referred to as a never-ending cycle of beat.
- Track 5
“WITHIN the Time and Place” In WITHIN, evolving and progressing all the way to the beautiful finale where the dancers perform an act of prayer for the future, straight from their own homes with this track.
Interview with Rolling Stone India
- Music produced, composed, mixed and mastered by Noriko Shakti
Credits of Art
- Cover Art Direction: Nataliya Yakovchik
- Logo Design: Ashish Bisht
- Graphic Design: Nastya Pryanikova
- Camera/Edit: Pratidhani Tamang
Credits of WITHIN
- Director & Script – Ashley Lobo
- Dancer – Nobue Aichi
- Dancer – Yuko Harada
- Musician / Producer – Noriko Shakti
- Spoken Words – Ramneeka Dhillon Lobo
- Moderator – Aoi Ishimaru (Japan Foundation)
- Technical Director – Manu Saksena (Art Unites)
- Producer – Shohini Dutta (Friends of ART)